Hey Reader! I am back with a recommendation post of two books that I absolutely loved, that I feel like are quite similar and if you liked one you’d definitely like the other.

A Long Way Gone by Ishamel Beah tells a story of a young boy, barely a teenager, become a victim of Sierra Leone war. Due to unforeseen and circumstances he stops running from it and joins in to fight with them. He tells a chilling account of what he went through and the things he had to do to survive. Ishmael Beah takes you through the good, the bad and the hopeful. Read my full review here

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai follows a fifteen year old girl who fights for girls to have a right to education in a society that favors and prizes sons. Through this she encounters the Taliban a terrorist group who shoot her for her cause. Malala and her family are uprooted from their home country and is exiled with little hope of ever returning. Read my full review here.

So why am I recommending these two books? They are both:

  • Nonfiction memoirs
  • Five star reads (to me)
  • Less than 250 pages and pack a punch
  • They follow 2 people who show resilience as they strive for more

A year and some months later I still think about these books. I can guarantee that by the time you’re turning the last page, you’ll be left with so many reflections and have you questioning your why.

I highly recommend them. These books will make you uncomfortable, as needed. What more could you ask for?

Have you read any of these? What did you think about them?